Sunday, 2 July 2017

2017 Confed Cup Final: Germany Beat Chile 1-0 To Seal Trophy As Portugal Win Third Place

World champions Germany have won the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup, a first half Lars Stindl goal enough to hand them a 1-0 victory over Copa America winners Chile in the final at St. Petersburg Stadium.
Stindl scored his third goal of the tournament on 20 minutes when Timo Werner squared for him to slot into an open net with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo already committed.

In the end, that was the difference between the Germans and a spirited Chile side, who found huge support among the Russian fans.
Alexis Sanchez looks on in frustration as his Chile side struggle to come to terms with defeat
Unhappy Sanchez

For the final match, the ‘Tournament of Champions’ returned to where it began, St. Petersburg Stadium, which had already provided the stage for Russia’s 2-0 opening day victory over New Zealand on June 17.

Back then the entire ground were cheering for Russia’s red, but for the final, the support in the crowd was certainly for the red of Chile, ‘La Roja’ having become a cult favorite among locals for their garish outfits and vocal support.
Germany celebrate as they lift the Confederations Cup title in the Saint Petersburg Stadium

During the closing ceremony before the game, gratitude was expressed towards each national team and the Confed Cup volunteers in the form of banners displaying a ‘Thank You’ message in the six different languages of the eight participating nations.

Previous tournament winners were honored and there was even authentic music from the participating countries, including a Mexican mariachi band.

Charles Aranguiz went close for Chile but he was denied by Antonio Ruediger with a perfectly timed tackle in the area.

Arturo Vidal then banged the rebound against Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the Germany goal.

It turned out to be a costly mistake when moments later Germany broke with Time Werner.

His run into the box drew Claudio Bravo and with the keeper fully committed, he was able to square to Borussia Monchengladbach forward Stindl to calmly place the ball into the open net.

Portugal beat Mexico 2-1 after extra time to finish third in the 2017 Confederations Cup 

Portugal claimed third place in the Confederations Cup with a fiery 2-1 extra-time victory over Mexico in Moscow.

The European champions were within seconds of losing in normal time after central defender Luis Neto had put through his own goal after 54 minutes.

But Pepe equalised after the clock had ticked past 90 minutes, before Adrien Silva converted from the penalty spot at the end of the first period of extra time.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the final stages as Portugal defender Nelson Semedo and Mexico substitute Raul Jimenez were dismissed for two bookable offences.
Portugal were without their talisman after Cristiano Ronaldo had been excused duty to see his new twins.

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